There has been considerable controversy about the fake news stories that spread from user to user on Facebook, and that companies unwillingness co control the fake news there. But from where did all that fake news come? Apparently over two hundred websites have been parroting Russian propaganda regularly to help elect Putin’s dog, our Fuhrer.
A sophisticated Russian propaganda effort helped fuel the spread of fake news during the election cycle, the Washington Post reported Thursday.
Two groups of independent researchers found that Russia employed thousands of botnets, human internet “trolls” and networks of Web sites and social media accounts to inject false content into online political talk and amplify posts from right-wing sites.
“They want to essentially erode faith in the U.S. government or U.S. government interests,” said Clint Watts, a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute who co-authored a report about Russian propaganda. “This was their standard mode during the Cold War. The problem is that this was hard to do before social media.”
A similar report from PropOrNot, provided to the Post, identifies more than 200 websites that routinely pushed Russian propaganda to at least 15 million Americans, and found that false stories pushed on Facebook were viewed more than 213 million times.
Some stories originated from RT and Sputnik, state-funded Russian information services that are more akin to traditional news sites but sometimes include false or misleading articles.
The coverage was overwhelmingly favorable to Donald Trump, and some of the most notable examples of fake news garnering major traffic online centered on Hillary Clinton’s health, protesters that were allegedly paid to interrupt Trump events, and fears about vote tampering.
“The way that this propaganda apparatus supported Trump was equivalent to some massive amount of a media buy,” said the executive director of PropOrNot,…
From <Daily Kos>
If you want to take a look, here’s the list of websites that have regularly repeated Russian Propaganda. Several are sites I’ve been familiar with for a long time, that I do not consider intentional purveyors of Russian propaganda. Instead, I consider them useful fools that have long been popular with the wing-nut fringes. of both left and right. The best none site on the list is Wikileaks. While I can’s say with certainty that Assange sold out to the dark side, but at the very least, he echoed reams of material that he obtained from Russian s-called hackers without checking its authenticity.
That said, the biggest culprits of this fiasco are the Main Stream Media. If they were doing their job, Americans would not be s hungry for authentic news, that they were duped by Putin and Republican tolls.